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It has been 532 days since my best friend got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife, and in just two short days, I finally will be! I am officially out of the SW office starting today to focus on wrapping up last minute details and welcoming my beloved family and friends to North Carolina, but I couldn’t possibly leave without one last Lisa’s Southern Wedding post. It has been an honor to share snippets of my wedding planning journey with y’all over the last year and a half!

First, y’all found out about our engagement–many just a few minutes after it happened, if you were tuned into the V6 launch party live stream! I’m eternally grateful to Callie Davis for capturing this magical moment in mine and Dave’s lives.

I love our love story–it has taught us so much about faith and trusting in God’s timing. I shared it with y’all (complete with some fun throwback pictures) here!

The first big decision we had to make was where on earth to tie the knot–and from New York to Texas, we had our fair share of options! We finally settled on our new town of Raleigh so that we could say our vows in our beloved church. You can read about our venue search here.

Choosing a photographer and a videographer we love were at the tippy top of our priority list. We are overjoyed that the talented Ryan Ray is making the trip to be our photographer, and that the incredible team at Inkspot Crow will be by his side to capture the day on video! I have utmost confidence in both Ryan and Inkspot Crow, and am already giddy with excitement to see our wedding through their lenses!

Ryan Ray

Speaking of photography, taking our engagement pictures with Ryan was one of the highlights of the last year and a half! You can see some of our inspiration here, and a few peeks at the results scattered throughout my Instagram.

KT Merry, Jose Villa

Flowers are one of my favorite wedding details, and I’ve loved working with Kelly of Philosophy Flowers to dream up beautiful and meaningful bouquets. I can’t WAIT to see how they turn out!

Eric Kelley via Love In Bloom, Jose Villa via Something Blue

I’ve been keeping the details of my wedding day look very secret (only my mom and sisters have seen my dress!), but had fun sharing about what the gents and my bridesmaids will be wearing. I also shared some of my jewelry and beauty inspiration!

Brett Heidebrecht via Style Me Pretty, Jessica Lorren via Once Wed

Sending our save the dates was so exciting! Confession: I have one of them framed on my gallery wall :)

Planning our ceremony has been the most rewarding and exciting part of wedding planning, and I get butterflies in my stomach just thinking about it happening in real life this Saturday. I loved sharing our plans here.

Nancy Ray

Finally, I let y’all in on a few of my favorite details–the things I’ve always dreamed of including in my wedding. I feel so lucky that all four things I mentioned in this post worked out and will indeed be present!

Amanda Dumouchelle via Style Me Pretty

Before signing off, I just want to say thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for all of your kind words and comments as I’ve shared our wedding planning journey. I’m truly humbled by your support and am so honored to have shared this time with such a wonderful community!

I also want to give big hugs and thanks to the SW gals–from the way they helped Dave orchestrate his proposal, to the sweetest surprise bridal shower, to the countless words of wisdom and encouragement they’ve shared with me over the last year and a half, I am truly, truly grateful to have them as coworkers and friends!

With that, sweet friends, I’m signing off! You’ll see a few posts from me over the next two weeks, but rest assured, they’ve all been written ahead of time :) I can’t wait to catch up with y’all when I’m back in the office, complete with a new husband and a new monogram. Xoxo!

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Anastasia Kristina reply

    LISA I AM SO SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it’s been so fun following your journey and i’m so overjoyed to see all of your hardwork and love manifested in y’alls big day!!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Annie! Thank you so much–we loved having y’all there! You’re next!! :)

  2. avatar Rhiannon reply

    Hooray! I’m so excited for you, Lisa! This is the most exciting time for you and Dave and I wish you both all of the very best on Saturday. Praying for gorgeous weather and happiness all around xoxo

  3. avatar Denise L. reply

    Enjoy your day, it goes by so quickly! I hope you share your photos as I’m sure you will be a stunning bride. Sending prayers for your lovely day and beautiful life, together.

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Thank you so much, Denise! I’m so grateful for your prayers–they were felt! :)

  4. avatar Michelle reply

    Congratulations and enjoy your special day together! Thank you for including us on your journey (:

  5. avatar Pamela reply

    Congrats Lisa & Dave, may you truly have a Blessed holy matrimony ,and not just a marriage.
    Have a heartfelt time.
    Be blessed

  6. avatar Dana reply

    The most beautiful wedding of all time! I love you mrs. Kirk!!!

  7. avatar mary w reply

    Lisa, it truly was a beautiful day! Father couldn’t have said it better–we really were so honored and blessed to witness something so intimate, sacred, beautiful!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Mary! Thank you so much! We LOVED having y’all there and miss you already!

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I don’t know how on earth my wedding is almost two months away, but here we are! I am definitely feeling the pressure of everything that still needs to get done, but it’s all coming together, and now that RSVP cards are showing up in my mailbox, it’s feeling more real than ever! Fellow spring brides, know that I am thinking of y’all–we’re almost there! :)

Next up on my wedding to-do list is my hair and makeup trial, so I thought this would be a good time to share some of my inspiration. I am SO excited that Samantha of Lula Hair and Makeup (she worked her magic at this shoot last year!) will be prettifying my favorite ladies and me on my wedding day. She is so talented at achieving the really beautiful, natural look I love, and she’s also as sweet as can be–exactly the type of person a girl wants around on her wedding morning!

When thinking about how I want to look on my wedding day, one of the most important things to me is that I feel like myself. That said, I have two “signature” beauty looks: my hair is really long, and I never shy away from bright lipstick. Long hair means that I can do pretty much anything with it, so I’ve been collecting inspiration that runs the gamut from long, romantic curls to chic updos. Let’s take a look!

There are the “all down” looks–I love the princess-y feel of these styles!

Clockwise from top left: Keely + Hill by Lauren Friday, Tec Petaja, Vogue, Elizabeth Messina via Wedding Chicks

There’s the classic half up/half down, AKA the perfect happy medium.

Clockwise from top left: Meredith + Beau by Lauren Kinsey, Blair + Brian by Justin DeMutiis, Jemma Keech via Once Wed, Sally Ward + Patrick by Geneoh

And, the updos! I rarely wear my hair up, which makes it feel extra special when I do (like at the V7 launch party). I love these elegant, piece-y (but not messy) styles.

Clockwise from top left: Kristen + Patrick by Rachel May, Savannah + Robbie by Andi Mans, unknown, Ben Q Photography

I always feel my most dressed up with color on my lips, and while I wouldn’t want to go too bold for my wedding, I do have my eye on a few bright-ish shades as possibilities (this one in Strawberry Sorbet and this one in Primerose look gorgeous!). Here is some pretty lipstick inspiration from past SW editorials!

Clockwise from top left: Carolina on My Mind by Joey Seawell, A Southern Gentleman by Stephen DeVries, Fun and Fancy Free by Nancy Ray, Berry Bliss by Katie Stoops

How did you/will you wear your hair on your wedding day? Are you incorporating any of your go-to beauty looks? I’d love to hear!

In case you missed a post…
I’m Engaged! / The Main Characters / Our Venues / Our Photographer / Our Videographer / Planning Our Engagement Pictures / Our Flowers / Bridesmaid Style / Our Save the Dates / The Gents’ Attire / Our Ceremony / The Details

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Stephanie Scholl reply

    Samantha is the perfect choice for someone to do your hair and makeup!! She did ours for my sister’s Chapel Hill wedding, and cannot say enough good things about her (from her sweet, sunny personality to her incredible hair & makeup styling skills)! Y’all are in good hands. And I love the pop of color in the lip, for sure!

  2. avatar Laura reply

    My entire engagement I planned on wearing my hair in an updo (something I never do). But while getting ready on the morning of the wedding I was worried that I might not look like or feel like myself with my hair up but I was also worried that if I wore my hair down that it wouldn’t be special enough. However, my bridesmaids reminded me that Kate Middleton wore her hair down on her wedding day and that convinced me! :) I decided to go with a half up/half down and I’m so glad I did. I felt like myself and when you add a veil, any hairstyle turns special. I know you’ll look lovely whatever you choose!

    • avatar Lisa reply

      That is so sweet!! Love that your bridesmaids were so supportive and encouraging of your last-minute switch…and Kate Middleton is pretty great encouragement, too! :)

  3. avatar Morgan reply

    You are going to look stunning, Lisa!

  4. avatar Emily reply

    Well hmm, those all down styles do look lovely, and you certainly looked beautiful rocking something similar at the peach shoot!! I wore my hair up, as you know, and am very glad that I did – I think I would have been fussing too much with it otherwise, and my sleeves needed space to shine :) The funniest part of my wedding day hair and makeup session was that Tia unilaterally decided I and all of my bridesmaids needed eyebrow plucking. Luckily she is a master, and my brows have never looked better!! If only she lived in NC…

    • avatar Lisa reply

      Your hair and makeup was perfect on you, especially with your gorgeous dress! I have not thought about my eyebrows at all…maybe Sam will give me some insight as to if they need any wedding day prep! :P

  5. avatar Stacy {Woodsy Weddings} reply

    You can’t go wrong with loose curls and wavy hair. I adore the last braid, it is both low-key and elegant at the same time.

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I am giddy to be writing my first Lisa’s Southern Wedding post of 2015–I’m getting married this year!! Good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, by this time next month, our beloved family and friends will be starting to pop their RSVP cards into the mail and book their plane tickets to Raleigh for the big day. I can hardly wait!

Like almost all of my sweet coworkers, and I’m sure many of you as well, I’ve been reading/hoarding wedding magazines since LONG before a fiancé or a ring was anywhere on the horizon. In college, I discovered wedding blogs too, and now, thinking/reading/writing/talking about weddings is my job. Yes, it is the best :) It also means that one of the first questions many people asked me when I started planning my own wedding was if I’d had it mentally planned for years. My answer to that is an emphatic no, but that said, I will admit that there are a few details that I have always known would be included in my future wedding. Thankfully, Dave loves all of these ideas as much as I do, and I’m excited to share them with y’all today!

1. Some of my all-time favorite wedding pictures are of brides getting into vintage cars–I can just imagine the anticipation and excitement of these moments, and there is always a quiet calm about them too that I just love. Dave and I really want to spend our first few moments of marriage alone, and sitting in the back of a beautiful old car together for the drive from our ceremony to our reception would be a dream come true! P.S. We have been hunting high and low for a beautiful old car in the Triangle, so if any Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill friends know of any, please email me!

Top: 509 Photo via Southern Weddings; bottom: Ali Harper via Something Pretty, A Bryan Photo via Southern Weddings

2. I love creative escort card displays as much as the next wedding magazine editor, but my favorite has always been simple rows of cards in beautiful, classic calligraphy. Elegant, understated, and incredibly timeless. Yes please!

Top: Jenny Ebert via Something Pretty, Katie Stoops via Southern Weddings; bottom: Josh Gruetzmacher via Snippet & Ink, Patricia Kantzos via Something Pretty

3. Dave and I are both deeply thankful for the amazing marriages we’ve witnessed in our families, and paying tribute to those relationships at our wedding is a no-brainer. We’ll be displaying wedding photos of our parents, grandparents, and Dave’s siblings on our guest book table, and we can’t wait to see them all lined up!

Haley Sheffield via Southern Weddings

4. I love the thought of wedding decor that can be repurposed in our newlywed home, and one of my favorite ideas is our bar sign! We’ll be serving wine, a fun assortment of local North Carolina beers, and a signature cocktail on the big day, and we’re asking a calligrapher to make an oversized sign outlining the options. We’re leaving our names and the date off of the sign so that it’ll be right at home displayed above a bar cart in our future living room! Here are a few designs that I love.

Top: Katie Stoops via Southern Weddings, Jen Huang via Style Me Pretty; bottom: Amanda Dumouchelle via Style Me Pretty

There will be many more details at our wedding, but y’all will have to wait till after May 2 to find out about those! Now I want to hear from you–are there any details you have always known would be included in your wedding? Big or small, serious or sweet, I’d love to hear them!

In case you missed a post…
I’m Engaged! / The Main Characters / Our Venues / Our Photographer / Our Videographer / Planning Our Engagement Pictures / Our Flowers / Bridesmaid Style / Our Save the Dates / The Gents’ Attire / Our Ceremony

lisa Written with love by Lisa
  1. avatar Dana reply

    Love the bar sign! These weeks can’t go by fast enough!

  2. avatar Lara reply

    I love all of this! So inspired by your heart and these meaningful touches!

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